Context of Message from the President of the United States to the two Houses of Congress, at the commencement of the first session of the Thirty-first Congress. December 24, 1849. Read. December 27, 1849. Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered that the usual number of copies of the message and documents be printed, and that 15,000 copies extra of the same be also printed.